Classics/Music(s): Summer Reading

Between teaching and freelancing, I’ve completely fallen off my reading cycle. I’m going to try and change that, as I’ve got a stack of music books that need to be read, and tons of classics I’ve never touched. So this summer, I’m going to attempt to get through some of them, including a few that I’ve already gotten quite a ways into. Here’s what I’ve got in mind (subject to change), and godspeed to finish them all by the end of August:


  • (finish) Mystery Train by Greil Marcus
  • (finish) Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop by Jeff Chang
  • (finish) A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
  • The Godfather of Soul by James Brown
  • Psychotic Reactions and Carburator Dung by Lester Bangs
  • Last Train to Memphis by Peter Guralnick
  • The Celestial Cafe by Stuart Murdoch


  • (finish) Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Best of H.P. Lovecraft by H.P. Lovecraft
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

So let’s hear it: Who has book suggestions?

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  1. mminsker answered: Have you read Jane Eyre? If not, please do! It is so, so good.
  2. patronuscharms answered: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
  3. printedinternet answered: No book suggestions, but whoa, Stuart Murdoch wrote a book?
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